The winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature -2019 will be announced at the Nepal Literature Festival in Pokhara on December 16.
The final announcement and award-giving ceremony will constitute the final event of the festival, which takes place from December 13 to 16 this year.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature celebrates the rich and varied world of literature of the South Asian region. Authors could belong to this region through birth or be of any ethnicity but the writing should pertain to the South Asian region in terms of content and theme.
The prize brings South Asian writing to a new global audience through a celebration of the achievements of South Asian writers, and aims to raise awareness of South Asian culture around the world.
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was instituted in 2010 by its founders, Surina Narula and Manhad Narula.
The DSC Prize, which is worth US $25,000, aims to promote South Asian fiction in English; it is unique in the sense that it is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people.
By showcasing and rewarding the best writing about the region, the prize has been successful in its vision to raise awareness of South Asian literature and culture around the world. It encourages writing in regional languages and translations and if a translated entry wins the award, the prize money is equally shared between the author and the translator. The prize defines South Asia as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Winner of DSC Prize to be announced on Dec 16